King & Queen of the Mountain

2017 King & Queen of the Mountains (KOM/QOM) Course Highlights

When the Vermont Gran Fondo was conceived, believe it or not, was going to be a mellow valley cruise through the farmlands of the Champlain Valley in Addison County. We quickly realized this style event was already catered for by the Kelly Brush Ride and the Tour De Farms, what we needed was something vastly different. Rather than smooth and mellow, we went for the hills. Inspired by the bucket-list LAMB (Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury, and Brandon) gap ride we created the toughest mixed surface fondo in the northeast. After a successful inaugural event, we felt there needed to be something unique to inspire our participants. We discovered the profile of many of our riders suited a challenge. In 2015, we introduced the King of the Mountain (KOM) segments.  This year we repeat the challenge but, due to numerous road construction projects, we will be featuring a gap repeat; the Appalachian Gap. The real test will come on Lincoln Gap, with a 24% maximum grade and an average grade of 15%, the east side of Lincoln Gap is reported to be the steepest paved mile in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine (June 2008). Just recently, GCN included the Lincoln Gap as one of the top 9 steepest climbs in the World! Don’t forget to turn on your Strava. Good luck.

Lincoln Gap Named in top 9 Steepest Climbs in the World


The Strava Club Challenges

One Man and one Woman will be awarded a VTGF custom trophy for each of these challenges*.

Distance Challenge

  • May 21st – June 3rd
  • June 4th – June 17th

Elevation Challenge

  • May 21st – June 3rd
  • June 4th – June 17th

JOIN THE VTGF STRAVA CLUB TO PARTICIPATE
*You must be registered to participate in the VTGF in order to win. Winners will be presented at the event on July 1st during the After Party.


Lincoln Gap KOM

  • Distance – 1.3 miles
  • Start Elevation – 1,363 ft
  • Max Elevation – 2,422 ft
  • Elevation Difference – 1,059 ft
  • Category 2 climb
  • Average Grade 15%
  • Paved Climb, Paved & Gravel Decent

Course resources

  • Lincoln Gap KOM details on Strava

2017 Lincoln Gap Winners

Men – KOM

  1. Your Name Here

Women – QOM

  1. Your Name Here
Lincoln Gap KOM

Appalachian Gap KOM

Stats

  • Distance – 2.7 miles
  • Start Elevation – 1,194 ft
  • Max Elevation – 2,357 ft
  • Elevation Difference 1,163 ft
  • Category 2 climb
  • Average Grade 8%
  • Full Paved Surface

Course Links

  • Appalachian Gap KOM details on Strava
  • Preview the view from the top – VIEW

2017 App Gap Winners

Men – KOM

  1. Your Name Here

Women – QOM

  1. Your Name Here
vermont gran fondo map

Middlebury Gap KOM – east to west

Stats

  • Distance – 3.1 miles
  • Start Elevation – 1,128 ft
  • Max Elevation – 2,145 ft
  • Elevation Difference – 1,018 ft
  • Category 3 climb
  • Average Grade 6%
  • Paved Surface

Course Links

  • Middlebury Gap KOM – west to east details on Strava

2017 Middlebury Gap Winners (E.to W.)

Men – KOM

  1. Your Name Here

Women – QOM

  1. Your Name Here
vermont grand fondo medio

Register For the event

KOM Segments

(Winner trophies only awarded to Gran riders)

Middlebury Gap (West to East) – TBD
Lincoln Gap
Appalachian Gap
Middlebury Gap (East to West)